More Developer Goodness at TechEd Australia

[updated - Added a link to Eric's Impact Analysis blog post from his Cabana Session]

Back in May, I asked, "What would make you come to TechEd?" both here on my blog and on the AUS-DOTNET list. I got a number of responses. These can be summarised as follows:

  • Make it cheaper
  • Give us access to the speakers
  • Let us play with the bits
  • Give us more/better swag
  • Give us more content
  • Make the content deeper
  • Make the content less deep

We've been working hard on this list and while it doesn't address the cost, I hope you agree that this is a pretty good result:


Also known as the Developer Expo Area, this will be the place to hang out while you're at TechEd. All of the speakers will be here while they are not in sessions (we've threatened to turn on the sprinklers in the speaker room). There'll be power and connectivity - both wired and wireless.

Dave Lemphers has rebuilt, boxed up and shipped some awesome infrastructure from the Dev'Garten project in Melbourne. So in Dave's words:

So make sure you drop by the Dev’Garten area when you’re at TechEd and say hi. We’ll have some great giveaways, lots of cool kit, and best of all, a full blown, production grade, completely distributed Team Foundation Server environment for punters to play with!

That's right! Delegates will have the chance to use VSTS and TFS in a production-quality environment. Play with bits, create projects, do some reporting, collaborate, or simply check out what TFS and VSTS together have to offer. We'll have 10 client machines available and kitted out with all the latest bits, or you can use your own box to work in the Dev'Garten.

Which brings me to the next point:

Smith Family Project

When we were looking for ways to make it easier for delegates to explore the platform that is TFS, we had a couple of ideas - coding competitions and such-like came to mind, but the problem with these things is that they only really last for the duration of the competition. The tag line on my blog is "It's all about community", something I really believe. Well, here's an opportunity to both be part of that developer community and to contribute to the community at large. As part of TechEd, we (the delegates) are going to build a system for the Smith Family to use to automate the currently manual process they use for collecting information at the Unlimited Potential Centres they run.

Mitch Denny and Joe Sango will be running the project for us at TechEd and Mitch has already blogged about how to sign up and get involved.

Ask the Experts

This is the formal time for interaction with the "experts". We'll have a panel discussion for an hour or so followed by a break-out where all the speakers (and other experts) will be available for 1:1 or 1:few discussions in and around the developer expo area.

Additional Cabana Sessions

You asked for it! 22 pithy, 20-minute sessions on all sorts of developer-related topics, delivered by experts in their field. You can sign up for these on CommNet and come along in the breaks between the "real" sessions to get the good oil on some great topics.

Date Time Title Speaker
23/08/2006 11:20 Visual Studio Team System - Impact Analysis Eric Lee/David Lemphers
23/08/2006 13:10 Team Foundation Server Tips - powertoys and offline support Eric Lee
23/08/2006 13:35 Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Schema Comparison Michael Leworthy
23/08/2006 15:20 Visual Studio Team System - Goal-based load testing Eric Lee
24/08/2006 11:20 Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Source Code Management Michael Leworthy
24/08/2006 13:10 Why native code matters Jason McConnell/Nick Wienholt
24/08/2006 13:35 XBAP Apps with Vista Joseph Cooney
24/08/2006 15:20 Migrating Visual Source Safe to Team Foundation Server Eric Lee/Michael Leworthy
25/08/2006 11:20 BLINQ Jason McConnell
25/08/2006 13:10 Visual Studio Team Edition for Database Professionals - Data Generation Greg Low
25/08/2006 13:35 Visual Studio Team System - Using the data warehouse Eric Lee
23/08/2006 11:20 SQL Server 2005 Encryption Architecture Mark Morton - DDLS MCT
23/08/2006 13:10 Building the TechEd Session Picker Part 1 Bill McCarthy and Paul Stovell
23/08/2006 13:35 Building the TechEd Session Picker Part 2 Paul Stovell and Bill McCarthy
23/08/2006 15:20 WPF Data Templates Joseph Cooney
24/08/2006 11:20 TBA Object Consulting
24/08/2006 13:10 Earning more per hour as a developer I Steve Herzberg and Adam Cogan
24/08/2006 13:35 Earning more per hour as a developer II Adam Cogan and Steve Herzberg
24/08/2006 15:20 Integrating Compuware with VSTS Sean Salisbury (Compuware)
25/08/2006 11:20 Visual Studio Team System - Awesome Add-ins Michael Leworthy/Adam Cogan
25/08/2006 13:10 Enhancing SQL Server Management Tony Finnemore (SQL Tools)
25/08/2006 13:35 How Readify deployed Team Foundation Server in the cloud Mitch Denny (Readify)

Hands On Labs

 There are so many great labs to do this year, I don't know where to start. Have a look at the selection and fill your boots. The labs will be proctored by MS people, MCTs and MVPs, so there's always someone there to keep you in the learning groove.